Big Railroad Blues Jack Straw Sugaree Mexicali Blues Here Comes Sunshine Black Throated Wind Cumberland Blues Row Jimmy The Race Is On Brown Eyed Women Beat It On Down The Line Tennessee Jed El Paso China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider Around And Around
Truckin' -> The Other One -> Big River -> The Other One -> Eyes Of The World -> The Other One -> Wharf Rat Me And My Uncle Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad -> One More Saturday Night
The cassette was played back on a Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 >
Flying Calf 24-bit A/D > ZA2 and tracked and burned with CD
This version is several orders of magnitude better than the
circulating version and breathes new life into what is actually
a smokin' show.
Small static at 1:51 in Row Jimmy. Big pop at 1:55 attenuated
down to very small pop. There are a series of low-level pops
that occur from about 4:51 - 4:57 in Rider. All of these flaws
are non-digital. Reel flips during The Other One and Wharf Rat
seamlessly edited together.
Transferred, burned, shn'ed, and all by David Hollister
November 14, 2017 Subject:
LIVE THE LIFE I SHOULD..
The Other One ->
Big River ->
The Other One ->
Eyes Of The World ->
The Other One ->
----- this is Trippy over the top GD,
October 23, 2015 Subject:
A '73 top five, the show has been noted for what is perhaps the best China>Rider of '73 and an Other One triple sandwich. Surprisingly it was repeatedly passed-over for official release until finally being included in the 30 Trips box. There's a lot of '73 I don't particularly worry about - the first sets just aren't as consistent as '72 & '74. Though that's the case here, this has one of the best second sets of '73; maybe THE best. There's no known encore.
First Set. The Big Railroad is solid-hot and neatly completed. The next few are average '73 terrain. Of course, '73 is full of good versions of Here Comes Sunshine (though it's not, say, 12/19). From that point it's a solidly good set with a Beat it on Down the Line-7 and the '73-stylee Brown-Eyed Women (you can really hear Bobby & Keith playing well). '73 was the only year an electric Race is On was standard though this isn't one of the better ones. This China Cat is remarkable because Jer approached with angularity - in fact it sounds more '76 than '73.
Second Set. Truckin' was the Dead at their best lyrically, not musically, but here's a tight, busy, wonderful version. The rest of the set sequence is jammy Dead par excellence - 19 minutes before the Other One verse and a sudden resolve into a perfect Big River (find a better '73 River!). Then it's unbelievable the way they pounce back into The Other One. It's an unusual sandwich - and it's not just Bobby or Phil that smoke, if you listen close. Check Jer and Keith the last few minutes of the shit-hot Eyes. Bobby can't leave The Other One alone and relaunches. Wharf Rat is unusually good and different from most '73s. Oddly, there's a full stop before a perfect Me & My Uncle. After a Ramblin' Rose tease it's a Goin' Down the Road that's up there with 6/8/77, 8/7/72, 8/24/71,8/6/74 and 9/10/74!
1st Set: C+ 2nd Set: A+
Overall = 4 1/2 Stars
Big Railroad Blues - A quick pacesetter
China Cat Sunflower - sounds unique for '73
Entire Second Set - Maybe the best of '73
The hollister.14716 is the clearest but all of the SBDs run 2% fast (about a half-tone), so adjust for correct playback (unless, of course, the boys sounding cartoony is yr thang). On this source you can really hear everybody, albeit it's a somewhat dry mix. Plus the 30 Trips release.
Doing an A vs. B comparison with a copy I have on my hard drive, this copy is much cleaner and brighter. Well done, indeed!
Not every show is a masterpiece, but I've gotten plenty of spins of this show. Like the first reviewer - first on cassette 20 years ago.
Thanks to David for upgrade.
December 10, 2013 Subject:
I'm goin goin goin to write a review that's what I'm gonna do
Thanks for the fixes, David. I think my roughly 20 year old cassette copy of this show might have your writing on it...? In any case, it's not *my* writing. ;)
I like this show a lot but perhaps not as much as some other folks like it. The band just seems a little tired to me, particularly in the second set which looks way hotter "in theory" than it actually is. The transition from the Other One into Eyes is really nice because the Other One was somewhat lilting ... but then the Eyes transitions back into the Other One way too soon.
One highlight of this show: Bobby's vocals. Great singing throughout, mixed just right, and some of the best of his trademarked "cat calling" you'll ever hear during, e.g., Black Throated Wind (fantastic version, even with some lyrical "distraction" in the first verse), Truckin' and Saturday Nite.
Oh, and my old cassette copy of Set II had as filler on side B the first part of the Playin' (before it transitions into UJB) from the Pauley Show a few days later. The contrast in energy between that show and this San Diego show is pretty remarkable.
Anyway, none of this new to anybody. I like everything from fall '73, this show included. But there's other (relatively) unsung gems out there that are way better, in this man's humble opinion. Tempe 11-25-73 leaps immediately to mind. Or Omaha 10-21-73.